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THE NOONER for September 16, 2015
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HAPPY DEBATE DAY! Game 1 (the kids table) is from 3-4:45 PDT and Game 2 [adult talble] is from 8pm. At 4 hours, 45 minutes, it is longer than the Super Bowl and the ads are certaomain to be less entertaining. Game 1's line-up is Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham, while Game 2 features Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, John Kasich and Chris Christie.
THE GOLDEN ATM STATE: In Democratic California, which 2016 candidates get the most money? You'll be surprised [Michael Finnegan, Anthony Pesce and Melanie Mason @LAT] - "Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corp., gave $3 million to a committee promoting Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Scott Banister, co-founder of the computer security company IronPort, gave $1.25 million to one backing Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. . . Another surprise this year has been Orange County, which for decades has been a reliable source of donations for Republican candidates. So far, wealthy donors there appear to be holding back. . . . [Jeb!] Bush and his super PACs have raised $13.6 million in California this year, more than any candidate other than Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, who — with her super PACs — has collected $17.3 million."
LiteGov Gavin Newsom had a zinger for Trump on CNN this morning. When asked about accepting a contribution from Trump, he said they used it to pay for the online ad that criticizes Trump's immigration plan.
ABOLITION: New initiative would end California death penalty [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "The proposal would strike death as a possible punishment from the state’s Penal Code, substituting life imprisonment without parole where state law currently allows for the death penalty. Its proponent, actor Mike Farrell, would have 180 days from when the secretary of state’s office enters the measure into circulation to collect 365,880 signatures."
PLANNED: How Louisiana became ground zero for the attack on Planned Parenthood [Michael Hiltzik @ LAT] - "The anti-Planned Parenthood campaign mounted by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has become the one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the politicization of women's reproductive health rights. "
BRING HIM HOME: Supervisors ask L.A. Times owner for local ownership [Abby Sewell @ LAT] - "In recent weeks, [Eli] Broad made an overture to Tribune leadership to buy the Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune, which [Austin] Beutner probably would have stayed on to run."
CHICAGO DOG: Big cuts coming to L.A. Times, likely other Tribune papers amid tumult [James Warren @ Poynter] - "The company is looking to reduce editorial expenses by about $10 million and the cuts could amount to 80 positions, according to an executive from Tribune Publishing, which owns the L.A. Times and 10 other dailies."
TRUMP: Last night's redundant speech on the U.S.S. Iowa was sponsored by "Veterans for a Strong America," a 501(c)(4) organization that claims to not support political causes. The group, run by a South Dakota political lawyer and Iraq war veteran, endorsed Trump at the event. What they don't say is there is an affiliated SuperPAC called "Veterans for a Strong America Actiion Group." In the 2012 cycle, the SuperPAC the group opposed Obama with around $747k supported Romney with over $60k in 2012.
The beauiful thing about this arrangement is that donors to the 501(c)(4) aren't disclosed. The 501(c)(4) was the overwhelming donor to the SuperPAC. Last night's event had tickets ranging frpm $100 to $1,000 (veterans were free).
Something is wrong here. All money that is funneled by non-reporting committees or organizations into reporting committees need to be disclosed. As I have written before, we can get rid of Citizens United by eliminating contribution limits and require 24 hour reporting of anything say, over $1,000. Those calling on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United are sharing the 420 with those calling for repealing the Fourteenth Amendment.
WE'LL LIKELY BE SAYING BUH-BYE TO MORE CANDIDATES SOON: I realized that I had a bad YouTube in Saturday's Nooner. Here is the correct one.
ROOT BEER SUMMIT: Obama to arrested teen: Your clock is pretty 'cool' [Eliza Collns @ Politico] - "President Barack Obama thinks the homemade clock that got 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed arrested Tuesday is “cool” and invited him to the White House to show it off. There's been a national outcry and allegations of discrimination after Mohamed, who is Muslim, was handcuffed and arrested after his teacher called the police, concerned about the homemade clock he brought to school on Monday."
NOM-NOM: Sacramento restaurants to reign at new Kings arena [Dale Kasler] - "Paragary Restaurant Group, Selland Family Restaurants, LowBrau Bierhall and Star Ginger will offer food and drinks when the new Golden 1 Center opens for business in October 2016. Kings officials said other food and drink offerings will be announced at a later date."
Paragary will have three options: Cafe Bernado, Centro, and Paragary's
I just hope the concessionaire doesn't dimish the brands, as has that of the Dos Coyotes franchise at the Sacramento Integalactic Airport.
Finally, Giants lost 8-9 in 16 innings, while the Dodgers lost 4-3 in 10. Whether you bleed blue or orange, it was a tough night!
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, to Chris Rogers, distict representative for Mike McGuire.
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The proposal would strike death as a possible punishment from the stateâs Penal Code, substituting life imprisonment without parole where state law currently allows for the death penalty. Its proponent, actor Mike Farrell, would have 180 days from when the secretary of stateâs office enters the measure into circulation to collect 365,880 signatures.
Californians Edge Closer To Voting For Condom Use In Adult Film Production
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Bernie Sanders Far Behind In California, But Lifting Spirits | The Sacramento Bee
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Effort includes speaker training, PowerPoint presentations and $8 donations
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